Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jon Gitchoff: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 4:05 AM

Jay-Z - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • Jay-Z

Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favorite concert photos while answering a few questions about their process and passion.

See also: The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis: 2014 Nominees

How and when did you get involved with music photography?

I first became involved with music photography when I was studying photojournalism at Eastern Illinois University. I was a part of the concert committee, and when we put together a Lupe Fiasco concert, I knew I had to bug my boss to see if I could photograph it. Luckily, she was awesome and helped me out big time. It was an incredible experience I'll never forget.

Pink - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • Pink

What are some highlights of your professional photography experience?

Selling my first photo to Rolling Stone, getting my first RFT assignment, covering Drake's first headlining concert and being a staff photographer for LouFest are a few things that come to mind.

Where can people find your work (exhibits, album covers, publications, etc.)?

My work has been featured in Rolling Stone, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, all eleven Voice Media Group publications, Chicago Sun-Times, Stereogum, Paste Magazine, etc.

Ellie Goulding - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • Ellie Goulding

What is your favorite part of doing music photography?

My favorite part is the challenge. I love being faced with a new set of circumstances each time I step into a photo pit, and learning a new trick or two to keep improving my work.

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